“You got these watered down fairytale-ass n***** right now that tell you can go out and get a 100 bricks of cocaine in a weekend, but that’s definitely not true,” Freddie Gibbs explains about rappers today in an interview with SFCritic. Gibbs, a gangsta rapper from Gary, Indiana is brutally honest. While speaking with Gibbs he is just as explicit about hoes, cocaine, and guns as the title of his second EP, Str8 Killa. Formally signed to Interscope (around the same time 50 Cent was hugely popular), he was dropped before releasing a record, but not without gaining a slew of supporter like Bun B, Just Blaze and DJ Premier. Freddie Gibbs performs at 330 Ritch on August 25th. SFCritic spoke with Freddie Gibbs in a phone interview.
SFCritic (SFC): What’s wrong with hip hop and so right with Freddie Gibbs?
Freddie Gibbs (FG): Hip hop is watered down and fake. Freddie Gibbs is raw-uncut real shit. You have motherfuckers like Dj Khaled on rap songs.
SFC: What’s your personal vendetta with Dj Khaled?
FG: I don’t have a personal vendetta with Dj Khaled. For the most part I think he should put the mic down, because when I’ve seen him rap I was highly offended. For the real motherfuckers that write these rhymes and put it together in the right fashion, to see these motherfuckers making a mockery of the game—it’s just something to speak on.
SFC: At one point you were not really interested in pursuing a rap career. Why were you against the idea? What changed?
FG: I just got sour on the industry with the shit that I dealt with my time during that I was signed with Interscope.
SFC: I read you had some tough times with Joe Weinberger (A&R at Interscope).
FG: He basically lied through his teeth pretty much. He sold me a dream, and I bought it.
SFC: You’ve said it was the “Jew in him.” What do you have to say to criticisms that you’re anti-Semitic?
FG: I’m definitely not anti-Semitic. Both of my managers are Jewish. I am the furthest thing from anything like anti-Semitic or racist. It is a term that I loosely threw around in reference to somebody taking advantage of me. I was wrong for saying that (says “fuck you” to a friend), but I meant what I said.
SFC: Tupac has said it before in raps. Is your friend making fun of your answer?
SFC: You started rhyming late, what is a different talent you acquired late in your life?
FG: None really since I started rapping. I get a lot more girls.
SFC: So you’ve honed your skills with girls?
FG: I already had skills in that department. I was pulling hoes before I started rapping, but the rap definitely intensified…
SFC: The hoes? Is there a particular hoe that’s your long-term goal?
FG: I want to get one of the Simmon’s sisters. Run DMC’s daughters. I look at them as nice young girls. They look like wife material, but you never know. I heard one of them is Bow Wow’s girlfriend, but that won’t be an issue. If I’m going to fuck with a girl in the industry, it’s going to be a low key bitch. I don’t want no Rhianna. I’d hit that shit, don’t get it twisted, but I wouldn’t take her home to my momma.
SFC: That would be a bad situation.
FG: Yeah she fucked with Matt Kemp. He might fucking chase me with a baseball bat or some shit. I’ll shoot him, but you know.
SFC: Since moving from Gary, Indiana a completely different place than LA, where you now reside—has the subject of your raps changed?
FG: Definitely not–I’m still connected with my neighborhood. I just live out here and do my business out here. The only thing that is changing is that I have more girls to rap about.
SFC: Are you going to move towards rapping about that then?
FG: No. I’m doing straight-hardcore gangsta rap shit. I mean yeah, I’m going to talk about the bitches all day. For the most part, Cali just got more hoes. In Gary there are only a certain number of bitches you can talk about.
SFC: You should rap about that. Is it difficult with your success to go back to Gary and see all the despair and lack of opportunity?
FG: Na I haven’t experienced the level of success that I want to. It’s just more ammunition, shit to rhyme about. When I go home and see that more businesses closing down. There are still n***** getting shot, still going to jail. We got to clean up our community. I got to shed light on that.
SFC: From your perspective, obviously you’re not going to say you’re endorsing violent behavior, but what is it you’re trying to get across?
FG: To tell people about how I went about certain situations. I would admit that a lot of time it was the wrong way to go about it, but at the same time it’s true. Hopefully, I can scare some kids away from the streets.
SFC: What I don’t understand is the need to claim the streets. If you’re rapping about how bad it is, but then still participating, are you a hypocrite?
FG: I am doing what I have to survive. If I still participate in those activities or run with those people it’s because I got to, not that I want to.
SFC: Does that mean when you’re making enough money in rapping you won’t be on the streets as much.
FG: You don’t want to run that risk everyday. You don’t want to deal with that bullshit. Dudes that say they do are fronting, they’re lying. The hardest part of this shit is finding a way out.
Freddie Gibbs performs at 330 Ritch on August 25th. Tickets are $9.43. Doors are at 9pm.